is fundraising to honor:
my aunt Beatrice Baoy
I remember growing up and my aunt Beatrice being there for me. I didn't have a picture-perfect childhood, and my grandparents raised me, the only mom and dad I had known. And every so often, some guy that I learned was my biological father would make his appearance, and when he did, my aunt was always there to make life better for me.
I left Hawai'i wanting to better myself and my life for my children, and I left at a young age, so my memories of home and my family stood still frozen in time. Fast forward many years later, I learned that the guy I had known as my father passed away via family looking for me because my aunt Beatrice was calling out for me.
I did a video via FaceBook messenger, and she instantly recognized me and cried out for me. Even in her stage of Alzheimer's, she recognized me. I know this to be true because she used a name that I hadn't heard since childhood, and it broke my heart. I cried all that night. Since I have continued to do a video with her and my family taking care of her, I have yet to have her call out again, but I know that she knows that I'm there.
My memory of my aunt. A strong woman always there doing for herself, her family, and others. The woman I see now is just a shell of the person I've known, loved, and still love. Like everyone else, Alzheimer's took from my family and me.
The Longest Day is the day of the year with the most light — the summer solstice. And it's the day I have committed to fighting Alzheimer's disease! So I’m participating in The Longest Day, a fundraising event to advance the care, support, and research efforts of the Alzheimer's Association.
Today, an estimated 50 million people worldwide live with Alzheimer's or other dementias, including more than 6 million Americans. In the United States alone, more than 11 million friends and family members are providing their care. We must take action now, or these numbers will continue to rise.
As someone once said, "Helping others is truly the way we help ourselves. Whatever love that we put out into the world will always circle back."
Stand up to the darkness of Alzheimer’s and donate today to help the Alzheimer's Association support all those facing the disease. Won't you please help us help the victims and their families?
To my ohana (family) and friends back home. Thank you for caring, mom, all this time. I'm doing this in honor of her and all of you that care for her as well as all those out there with Alzheimer's and their family and friends. We will be home soon.
Be blessed. Mahalo Nui Loa (thank you very much)
Kai, Kekoa, and family.
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